08 May 2012

Miki, Hunt and Kramer boosted by Israel Open wins

Match Report

Photo: Kobi WienerBoaz Kramer (ISR)

Japan’s Takuya Miki, Louise Hunt of Great Britain and Israel’s Boaz Kramer have all earned significant improvements in their respective singles world rankings this week after winning the men’s, women’s and quad titles at last week’s Israel Open, a part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Tel Aviv.

All four seeds reached the men’s semifinals before Miki came through a remarkable match to beat Dutch top seed and defending champion Tom Egberink of the Netherlands. Second seed Joachmin Gerard had fewer problems reaching the final and the Belgian No. 1 then took the opening set of the decider, but third seed Miki fought back to earn a tense 57 62 64 victory. The result has seen Miki climb six places in this week’s world rankings to a career best No. 15.

Egberink and Gerard made up for their singles losses after joining forces to win the men’s doubles. The top seeds edged Argentine second seeds Ezequiel Casco and Augustin Ledesma 64 76(7) in the final.

Third seed Hunt defeated Japanese third seed Yuko Okabe to win her women’s singles semifinal 63 63 and after German second seed Bianca Osterer had lost out to Canada’s Yuka Chokyu 16 63 64 in the quarterfinals, Chokyu found herself on the other end of a three set scoreline in the semifinals as Austria’s Henriett Koosz advanced 64 26 64. Hunt subsequently maintained her unbeaten record against Koosz as she clinched the title 75 62 and has moved up five places to No. 19 in this week’s women’s singles rankings.

The British No. 3 left Israel with two titles to her name after partnering Okabe to beat Emilie Chene of France and Koosz 61 63 in the women’s doubles final.

Boaz Kramer clinched the quad singles title after a thrilling all-Israeli final and has gained his first top 10 world ranking. Kramer defeated top seed and former world No. 1 Shraga Weinberg 63 16 76(4) and has moved up four places to No. 9 in the latest weekly rankings.

Kramer and Weinberg, the Beijing Paralympic quad doubles silver medallists, joined different partners for the quad doubles and Ohad Ifrach and Kramer bowed out in the semifinals,  second seeds Shir Tereza and Weinberg clinched a thrilling final against fellow Israeli duo Alex Izrailov and Rahamim and Azaria 46 61 (10-7) after a deciding match tiebreak.